By Bejay Browne
PAPHOS has been recognised as one of the best wedding destinations in the world by travelers in an online poll.
Traveler feedback and industry research which is collated by FlipKey.com – a vacation and rental company, part of the leading travel site TripAdvisor – found that Paphos ticked many of the important boxes for couples tying the knot.
Claire Fischer of FlipKey told the Cyprus Mail: “We take the feedback of our travelers based on bookings, inquiries, and review data. Each destination is judged on a multitude of criteria.”
She said these included the natural beauty of the location (which helps to make the perfect backdrop to tie the knot), the resources the destination offers for weddings, the wedding planning process, nightlife and entertainment, traditional food and local cultural experiences.
“It also helps that Paphos is in Cyprus which is considered the island of love,” she said.
Fischer added that FlipKey.com was an online vacation rental marketplace that makes it easy, safe, and fun to find and book the perfect place to stay.
“We are part of the TripAdvisor media group and are one of a few companies they own. We focus on vacation rentals backed by traveler reviews.”
The best wedding destinations accolade is new and has only been initiated this year. According to the FlipKey representative, there isn’t a specific rank order for the best destinations, as she says that personality plays a large role in where someone should travel for their wedding destination.
“This is the first time this list has been created and we are not sure how often it will be updated, but it won’t be more frequently than a year,” she said.
Fischer said Paphos would benefit by the attention it would receive from the award.
“This information is shared through social media channels as well as with a variety of other sources to help get the word out,” she said.
Paphos is described on the FlipKey site as: ‘The most fashionable spot for destination weddings in the Mediterranean.”
Hundreds of thousands of euros are generated by couples taking advantage of civil weddings at the four municipalities of the Paphos district every year.
Other top wedding destinations on the site include Tuscany in Italy, Bali in Indonesia and Cabo San Lucas in Mexico.